I wish to share an idea to help improve War Thunders growing matchmaking issue with the community (warning paragraph imminent).
Queue times have been steadily increasing through the years and has drastically increased in recent months it has also become more difficult for some nations at certain BRs to get steady matches. I purpose Gaijin adopts a mechanic from War Thunders sister game, “Enlisted” where players can create custom made matches for the matchmaker to then fill with waiting players effectively reducing queue times while also giving players more control over the BRs of matches and allowing more creative freedom over the maps that are seen.
There are maps I haven’t played since I first joined War Thunder some of which I can’t even get even in arcade battles and in recent months I have noticed players (including myself) have been fighting on the same handful of maps in some cases several times a day back to back, this has grown tiring as there are so many maps in the game that are rarely ever used. If the players were able to create custom matches for the matchmaker, we could effectively have better control over what maps are used and add weather effects to matches as well as control over what time of day they are.
This change would basically be an addon to the current custom match tab adding a toggle so that matches, after being fully set up like any normal custom match, can then be turned into a match for the matchmaker with a more rigid BR Scale. This would then help to prevent unbalanced matches like reserve German He-51’s bi-planes fighting American P-400’s; matches where sub-Mach jets are forced to fight Mach jets like the American F-104A, or WWII era tanks fighting cold war era tanks. These are just some examples of where the BR system fails and has a direct impact on the matchmaker as players become more aggravated with the blatant broken BR’s. This in turn regularly see’s players getting reduced earnings, increasing the grind, and ultimately forcing players to leave that BR area creating large gaps in the BR’s. The matchmaker then suffers to fill matches due to the lack of players impacting the already excessive grind for others. This effectively increases queue times and forces the developers to drastically increase matches BR brackets to compensate, creating a cycle where the hole gradually expands over time.
A good example of this is with matches of the Br. 6.0, typically matches at this Br. see a reduced number of players per match to five-on-five matches which for Germany have a higher percentage of losses due to the excessive use of the German Ju 288 C which has been happily given the nickname “the money printer” by many of its users. This has resulted in less players attending this Br. bracket to avoid being pulled into matches where this aircraft is prominent.
The current BR bracket threshold for an example BR like 6.0 will see typical battle ratings consisting of 5.5 (sometimes more or less due to the BR number’s structure) all the way up to 7.0, this has not always been the case as in earlier years it was a lot smaller.